International Students

We are happy you are here! An international student is one who will be attending Biola University on an F-1 student visa. U.S. citizens living abroad should follow the application guidelines for First-Time College Students or Transfer Students.

To apply to Biola as an international student, follow the steps below:

  1. Complete and submit your official application for admission. Every advantage goes to the early applicant!

  2. Submit a non-refundable $45 application fee.* If applying online, you may submit the fee through your application portal, otherwise please send a check or money order made payable to Biola University, with the student's name indicated on the memo-line, to the address below:

    Office of Admissions
    Biola University
    13800 Biola Avenue
    La Mirada, CA 90639

    * Biola will accept the College Board or ACT fee waiver, or you may submit the Biola Request for Application Fee Waiver form and accompanying documentation.
  3. Complete the required essay. Your application will not be reviewed until your essay has been submitted.

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  4. Submit an official transcript from each secondary and post-secondary school attended, current through the time of application. Transcripts must arrive with a certified English translation documenting your coursework, examinations taken, grades received, passing and maximum marks, and evidence of secondary school graduation. Transcripts will be considered official only when sent directly from the institution to Biola via the aforementioned address above.

  5. Submit your scores from one of the following Standardized Tests:
    • SAT (Code 4017)
    • ACT (Code 0172)
    • TOEFL
    • IELTS
    Note: Please look at the admissions requirements below for the minimum score requirements.

  6. Submit your completed affidavit of support.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2016 applications are still being accepted. Students applying from outside the United States need sufficient time for their student visa process and scheduling of an interview at the US Embassy. We highly encourage international students to start applying early.

Admissions Requirements for International Students

Admissions Requirements for First-Time International Students

  • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith
    (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).

  • The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent to that according to the grading system used by the country that a student is applying from. (Please note that Biola does not have a translation or evaluation service, and students are required to submit records in English. If the school does not issue an English translation, the student is responsible to get an official translation done by a known agency. Please see the transfer student information below regarding transferring college units to Biola).

  • The student must submit one of the following Standardized Tests:
  1. SAT — A minimum combined score for the first 2 tests(Reading + Math)of 920. Please note that this does not include the Writing portion of the test.
  2. ACT — A minimum Composite score of 19
    Note: The average Critical Reading/Math SAT score for incoming freshmen at Biola is 1,110. The average Composite ACT score is 24.
  3. TOEFL — This is an English language proficiency test taken by non-native speakers of English. A minimum iBT score of 79. (Speaking 22 and Writing 19)
  4. IELTS — A minimum of Band 6.5.
  • Financial ability to meet the cost of education at Biola University (tuition, room, board, health insurance). Please refer to the current tuition and costs.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer International Students

  • International Student Transferring from a school within the United States

    Please follow the steps to apply and admissions requirements for transfer students.
  • International Student Transferring from a school outside of the United States

    Students who desire to get transfer credit for college courses taken outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an independent Credential Evaluation Agency located in the United States, such as the American Education Research Corporation. A 2.5 GPA is required for international transfer students.

Requirements for I-20 Issuance

A student who is accepted and desires to attend Biola must notify the university by completing the steps listed on the What's Next page. In addition, international students are required to complete the following steps in order to receive an I-20 from Biola University:

Scholarships for International Students

International undergraduate students may qualify for the following scholarships. The requirements are listed under each category. Please note that Biola University does not offer full scholarships and all international students are expected to have sponsorship to meet most of their educational expenses. The scholarships offered are to supplement to overall cost in tuition, room and board, and miscellaneous expenses.

International Admissions Team and Resources

Meet the International Admissions Team

Fitsum Mulat
Fitsum Mulat, Director of International Admissions


Pauline Kim

Pauline Kim, Senior Admissions Counselor (S. Korea)
Email:, Kakao Talk: paulinekim7730
Office Line: 562-906-4533
Mobile: 562-665-7730

Jennifer Burnett

Jennifer Burnett, International Admissions Assistant
Office Line: 562-944-0351 extension 5376

Diana VanMeter

Diana VanMeter, Recruitment Officer (Hong Kong)


Sam, International Admissions Representatives
Office Line: 562-944-0351 extension 5282


Joshua, International Admissions Representatives
Office Line: 562-944-0351 extension 5282


Sherrilyn, International Admissions Representatives
ffice Line: 562-944-0351 extension 5282